Real Talk with Etana


July 14, 2016

Hi, my Real Talkers, welcome back to another exciting week. My guest today is Etana, 'The Strong One'. So, we know she can sing, but there's more to her than meets the eye. Today she answers questions on motherhood, romance and Christianity.

RenEe: What kind of mother are you? Are you strict, lenient, or do the kids have you wrapped around their fingers?

Etana: (Laughs) That's funny. In some cases they have me wrapped around their fingers. I'd say, they have me wrapped, just not when it comes to school. I guess sometimes they're a little bit spoiled. I'm tired of hearing this from my mother.

RenEe: What is your most memorable mommy moment to date?

Etana: So many things. My daughter was going to a sleepover. Her first sleepover, and it was the hardest thing for me to do. I remember her dad put this night gown on her and I didn't like that one, so I said I'm going to look for a princess one. I gave her the princess one and she was like, 'Oh my God, I can't believe it, I'm a princess, oh my gosh' (laughs). She was three and the way she was talking about it, she sounded like a teenager.

RenEe: What would you say are the ingredients for a healthy marriage?

Etana: The ingredient is being a friend. Not thinking that you own the person or that the person owns you but being a friend, where you can talk about anything, without judgements.

RenEe: We know, based on your songs, that you are a conscious person. Are you a romantic at heart?

Etana: Oh gosh, yes I am, 150 per cent (laughs). I am, yeah.

RenEe: What is the most romantic thing that you've ever done?

Etana: Hmmmm ... wow! Oh boy! You know some of those people who when they get older later on in life, they say, 'Oh my God, I've lived'? (laughs) Yeah. Hmm ... I'd probably say, kissing on the beach for hours or sitting in the river with my other half.

RenEe: News circulated that you became a Christian, is there any truth to that?

Etana: I did get baptised but the reason I did it, a lot of persons did not understand and did not get it. Some people took offence to it. I walked into the church and this guy said, 'Etana, wah yuh a do yah? Yuh a Rasta.' And I said, 'I think you have it twisted, I am allowed to be wherever I want to be.' So I just walked up and got baptised and came back out and said, 'OK, what do you say now? Am I a different person?' But a lot of persons took offence, so I kinda just leave dem religion thing to dem. I can't say I subscribe to any religion. I think of life different from a lot of people. A lot of Christians, their 'livity' does not add up to what they are saying. The main thing for me to do is live right and that is what I try to do every single day.

This is where I take my leave for this week. Next week, I'll be wrapping up this interview with Etana, and you'll find out the one thing people would be surprised to know about her. Until then, keep it real!

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